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Understanding Friedrich Dürrenmatt

Author: Roger A Crockett
Publisher: Columbia : University of South Carolina Press, 1998.
Series: Understanding modern European and Latin American literature.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
Summary:
This introductory volume explores the playwright's chaotic universe, where God has retreated beyond the stars and where blind chance is the real prime mover, justice is corruptible, ideologies useless, and tragedy no longer possible. Yet despite the overriding pessimism of Durrenmatt's Weltanschauung, the author argues that the playwright remains a genial master of comedy. Through the laughter he allows his readers
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Friedrich Dürrenmatt; Friedrich - Critique et interprétation Dürrenmatt; Friedrich Dürrenmatt; Friedrich Dürrenmatt; Friedrich Dürrenmatt; Friedrich Dürrenmatt
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Roger A Crockett
ISBN: 1570032130 9781570032134
OCLC Number: 37725459
Description: xxi, 220 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Biography --
Earliest prose and dramatic works --
The turn to comedy --
Three detective stories --
Two plays about ideologies and God's remoteness --
The radio plays --
Consolation from Dürrenmatt --
The corruption of justice --
Of heroism, failure, and resignation --
Improbable grace --
The adaptations --
Four that failed: the late plays --
The prose of the 1970s and 1980s --
Conclusion.
Series Title: Understanding modern European and Latin American literature.
Responsibility: Roger A. Crockett.

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This overview of Friedrich Durrenmatt's dramatic and narrative oeuvre reveals the international importance of the playwright. Crockett treats the acclaimed masterworks as well as the failures,  Read more...

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